Over 1,5 mln of IDPs are struggling in Ukraine, - the UN

The UN is concerned over the civilians' freedom of movement

13:46, 12 August 2017

Kharkiv news agency

More than 1,5 million of internally displaced people are still struggling in Ukraine, as the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) informs.

Many of the displaced people can’t find employment and adequate accommodation, and the conflict has been going on for four years, the message notes.

The UNCHR is concerned over the civilians' freedom of movement, particularly while crossing the conflict line. Just in a month, over 1 million of people crossed the dividing line in Eastern Ukraine.

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“There are frequently long queues and subsequent delays at checkpoints. Those waiting to cross have limited access to basic services, such as drinking water, latrines, weather shelters and medical care,” Andrej Mahecic, the spokesperson for the UNCHR noted.

The UNCHR also emphasized that persons with disabilities are among the most vulnerable. They have to face additional challenges, including discrimination.

In 2017, UNHCR helped to repair 89 schools, Mr. Mahecic stressed that “children in affected zones have limited access to education due to the security situation and damaged school buildings” with at least 700 damaged since the conflict began, including 55 schools this year alone.

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